Piping Plovers
Where to Report a Banded Plover

People banding Piping Plovers in other populations use various colors of flags and different patterns of band colors. Here is a list of most of the currently-used banding schemes and email addresses to use for sending in observations. Don't worry. If you send an observation to a research group other than the one tracking that bird, it will be forwarded to the researchers who banded the plover you saw. You will hear back shortly about the history of "your" bird.  It is only important that you email any one or more of the research groups about the banded plover that you saw. 

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Orange flag or orange band with a USGS metal band on the tibia opposite the orange flag or the solid orange band. On plovers with an orange band (no flag) watch for and report three-digit numbers on color bands other than orange and colored dots on the orange band. 

Great Lakes US or Canada


Black, gray or white coded flag on tibia (upper leg) and metal band on other tibia:

Eastern Canada


Green flag not coded, or green flag coded with ​metal, orange, or green opposite the flag:

United States breeding or wintering grounds, depending on the combination:


Green flag, coded with a blue band opposite the flag:

Atlantic United States:


Yellow flag coded or not coded:

Great Plains United States


Pink coded flag on tibia (upper leg) and metal band on other tibia:



Dark Blue coded flag:

Great Plains United States

Three characters beginning with a letter - npwrc.ternplover@usgs.gov

Three Characters beginning with a number - joel.jorgensen@nebraska.gov

Single or stacked color bands only on the tibia:

Atlantic United States


Red flag:

Gulf Coast Texas


Thank you to Sidney Maddock for permission to use his chart of Piping Plover banding contacts